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Hotel Arthur A very pleasant hotel located at the entrance to town along Route 6. Rooms are large and colorful with comfortable beds. The hotel’s nice dining room serves up a good breakfast buffet and there are even DVDs available to rent. Do not be put off by the location -the rooms are set apart from the main road and not noisy. Apartments with kitchens are also available for long term stays. Tel: 071 205 246, Coronel Luis Irrazabal and Japon, next to the Super Seis supermarket., www.arthurhotel.com.py, Double: Gs: 200,000, Wi-Fi, computers with internet, TV, A/C, mini-fridge, pool, game room

Hotel Cuarajhy Located two blocks from the terminal – this pleasant hotel is clean with basic rooms and sommier style mattresses. The hotel also has a pizzeria. There is another branch closer to the center but it is not recommended as the quality of rooms and ambience are not as good. Tel: 071 206 409, 071 204 922 Sargento Recerchon almost at General Escobar, www.hotelcuarajhypora.com.py, Gs. 80,000 per person, TV, A/C, sauna

Hotel Cristal Good location one block from the Plaza de Armas, although rooms in the older (and cheaper) section are a bit worn. However the hotel does have a large pool with a good view of Encarnacion and the river. Only the rooms in the newer section have real sommier mattresses. Tel: 071 202 371/2, Mariscal Estigarribia 1157 almost at Cerro Cora, Doubles Gs. 175,000 to 200,000, Wi-Fi, TV, A/C, mini-fridge, pool

Restaurants

Hiroshima Merely flipping through Hiroshima’s extensive and colorful menu of authentic Japanese food is likely to make your mouth water. Dishes are delicious and surprisingly affordable. In this landlocked country Hiroshima is your best bet for good sushi and sashimi. If you have a hankering for any authentic dishes (or even green tea) not on the menu, just ask. Tel: 071 206 288, corner of 25 de Mayo and Lomas Valentinas (entrance is inside parking lot

around the corner), Tue-Sun 11:30am-2pm, 7pm-11:30pm, Gs. 10,000-40,000

Mako’s Heladena y Confitena Who can resist the call of an ice cream buffet after a day of walking through the Jesuit ruins in the hot sun? Mako’s also serves up juices, coffee and large empanadas (including vegetarian options). Plus they have Wi-Fi. Tel: 071 202 116, Avenida Bernardino Caballero and Lomas Valentinas, www.makos.com.py, daily 7am-12pm, Gs. 6.000-35,000

Los 2 Chinos Purchase your ice cream at this cute and simple heladeria and enjoy it in Encarnacion’s main plaza across the street. The dulce de leche is as rich as can be. Tomas Romero Pererira and Mariscal Estigarribia. Gs. 5,000

Karumbe This nice restaurant facing the main plaza offers basic pastas and meats – nothing too fancy but the food is good. Watch the crowds go by from the comfort of their interior dining room or outdoor patio. Tel: 071 201 147, Mariscal Estigarribia and Tomas R. Pereira, Sun-Thu 11am-1am, Fri-Sat 11am-3am, Gs. 30,000 -50,000

Media Lunas Calentitas Next to Karumbe and across from Encarnacion’s main plaza this chain is a good place to enjoy an afternoon coffee and snack, be it a savory empanada or sandwich or a sweet dessert. Tel: 071 201 147, Corner of Mariscal Estigarribia and Tomas R. Pereira, www.medialunascalentitas.com, Thu-Sun 7am-10pm, Gs. 6,000-20,000

Benndo Pizza Owned by a Mexican-Ukranian couple, this pizzeria offers you the option to option to design your own tasty pizza. The quesadillas are good too. Tel: 0985 818 916, 0975 687 828, 25 de Mayo between Independencia Nacional and Honorio Gonzales, daily 11am-2pm, 6pm-12pm, Gs 40,000

Piccola Italia Although a bit removed from the center of town this Italian restaurant has good pizzas and a nice ambience. Tel: 071 202 344, Pedro Juan Caballero 1894 almost at Rt 1 (Mariscal Lopez), Thu-Tue 5pm-12pm, Gs. 35,000-Gs. 50,000

âœRestaurante Oriental❠– Mystery Korean place Finding this hole in the wall restaurant is sort of like going on a treasure hunt – one that ends with a prize of delicious authentic Korean food. The Bulgoki platter, a huge mound of seasoned raw beef cooked on gas burners sunk into the tables, is excellent. Tel: 071 208 208, General Cabanas between Lomas Valentinas and Independencia Nacional – coming from the bus terminal you will see a white wall on the right-hand side of the street with red Korean symbols and an arrow. Enter and walk through the garden to the restaurant in back. Daily 11am-2pm, 4:30pm-8:30pm, Gs. 20,000-30,000.

Burger King Tel: 0982 840 057, Superseis Food Court, corner of Avenida Irrazabal and General Cabanas, www.burgerking.com.py, Sun-Thu 10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-12pm, Gs.

10.000-30,000

Superseis This large supermarket along the main road into town is a good place to stock up on food before heading further afield. There’s a cyber cafe as well as Burger King. Tel: 071 200 009, corner of Avenida Irrazabal and General Cabanas, daily 7am-9:30pm

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